TotalEnergies signed a heads of agreement with China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. (Sinopec) to jointly develop a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production unit at a Sinopec refinery in China, TotalEnergies announced March 26.

The unit will have the capacity to produce 230,000 tons of SAF per year and will process local waste or residues from the circular economy, such as cooking oils and animal fats, TotalEnergies said. 

TotalEnergies set a target of 1.5 MMton of annual SAF production by 2030.

“The development of sustainable aviation fuels is at the heart of our company's transition strategy as we strive to meet the aviation industry's demand to reduce its carbon footprint,” said Patrick Pouyanné, chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies.